Sparrow Tattoos – Cute Sparrow Tattoo Designs, Ideas & Meaning

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Cute blue and yellow sparrow tattoo

Sparrow tattoos are very popular these days; probably for some of the reasons that you will read below. These little birds though have always been quite social and enjoy living near humans. They are very social among themselves, as well. Depending on their species, they either travel in very large flocks of intermingled families, or one large flock of a single family.  The Grand Sparrows mate for life and is one of the species that creates the large single family flock.

Types of Sparrow Tattoos

Traditional Sparrow Tattoos– Traditional sparrow tattoos have deep and symbolic meaning. Sparrow tattoos are often seen to illustrate the lifetime commitment one shares with another;

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A typical traditional old school sparrow tattoo

Grand Sparrows mate for life. Some may find wearing traditional sparrow tattoos reflect their fun loving and full of life nature. Others may use sparrow tattoos to represent their spirited attitude or even their freedom. Sailors would wear this tattoo design to honor this good natured little bird as it often would visit them and their ship, well before the sailors could see land. Traditional sparrow tattoos look great on their own.  They are frequently designed with hearts or love banners or even roses for that personal touch.  Sparrow tattoos seen in a theme look great, as well.  A sparrow sitting on a branch with flowers or with a sky and sun in the back ground is a nice look too.

Jack Sparrow Tattoos – Jack Sparrow tattoos are very popular these days and can represent the good hearted rebellious side of your personality.   Captain Jack Sparrow is known to most of you as the charismatic captain of the Black Pearl pirate ship. Jack Sparrow tattoos are popular with both men and woman. This is a great tattoo to wear if you’re the type of person with a funny dark side.  Jack Sparrow would prefer to flee from danger, rather than fight. Jack sparrow tattoos are seen on people for the love of the very popular actor himself. These sparrow tattoos look great with the head and chest of the bird only in the tattoo. You will need to talk this over with your tattoo artist to find the right image for you.

Tribal Sparrow Tattoos – Tribal sparrow tattoos are popular deigns to illustrate the love and loyalty that two people share. Some people wear tribal sparrow tattoos as a sign of great fortune or just good luck. The tribal ink designs work very well with these sparrow tattoos. With the dark bold lines and there sharp edges, they almost appear to show movement. The use of the tribal fire pattern in this design looks incredible. Try using a front and semi side view with wings at the bottom of their stroke. This tattoo won’t disappoint. Tribal sparrow tattoos also look great in a Celtic knot pattern, as well.

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Two identical old-school black sparrow tattoos on either side of a man’s stomach

Black Sparrow Tattoos – Black sparrow tattoos are usually inked for a different symbolic meaning rather than for a message of love or that fun loving personality. Some say the black sparrow loves to watch us marvel over the meaning of their messages. The black sparrow with all their secrets, mystery and high intelligence usually can’t be seen by the mere simple minded. The black sparrow tattoos may be the perfect tattoo image to represent the unknown. These sparrow tattoos illustrated as a close up on the head and chest of the bird and calling special attention to the detail of the eyes of the sparrow (the all Seeing Eye) would be pretty darn cool. Try adding this message to your tattoo. If you don’t know the answer, you will never have the encounter.

Two Sparrow Tattoos – Two sparrow tattoos are considered old school sparrow tattoos or vintage sparrow tattoos.  Before the invention of Captain Jack Sparrow tattoos, they were often tattoos in pairs for a couple of reasons.  First to symbolize love and probably in pairs to represent each individual; secondly, they were believed to assist in pulling the ride of Goddess Aphrodite because to the Greeks sparrows symbolize love.

Flying Sparrow Tattoos – Flying sparrow tattoos and Swallow tattoos are often confused with one and the other.  Their meaning seems to cross as well.  Perhaps it is because these birds have similar behavior.  The flying sparrow tattoos are most widely known in modern time from the popular author, S. King’s work, wherein he described the flying sparrows as carrying humans from the land of the living to the land of the dead.

Realistic Sparrow Tattoos – Realistic Sparrow tattoos would be a nice piece of ink work for the nature lover.  There are hundreds to choose from.  They are most like a finch in appearance.  While some are dull gray others different shades of brown with some color.  Of course as with any tattoo, you and your artist are creating an original piece of work.  Even with realistic sparrow tattoos; take some liberties.

Coloring of Sparrow Tattoos

If you want everyone to know that your sparrow is not a swallow; make sure your artist and you know the difference.  For instance the tail feathers and beaks are extremely different as well as the coloring.  Most sparrows are not colorful like the swallow.  They are also much smaller.

Placement of Sparrow Tattoos

Much of your placement decision depends on which of the sparrow tattoos you’ve decided upon.  In addition, you probably won’t want this bird in epic proportions.  If you do want it in large size, then take a portion, such as the sparrow’s head, so that you can focus on the eye, for instance, as suggested in the Black sparrow tattoos.  This tattoo would wear well on the chest or shoulder.  Paired sparrows are traditionally inked on the chest.  However sailors argue this is reserved for their swallows.  It’s you choice.  Another idea for paired sparrows; representing mates for life, is for each of you to wear one of them on your chest. You could each choose your own design or match them up.  These birds are small enough to go behind the ear, wear on an ankle, wrist, foot, inner arm, lower calf, abdomen or flying across your lower back.

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